Alarming parking ticket data uncovered in 2016 Mayor’s Management Report
I fight NYC parking tickets every day. The number of parking ticket violations (99), defenses, and complex proofs never ceases to amaze me. But, I’m still shocked when I look at the overall volume of parking violations issued, the revenue raised, and the number of parking tickets paid, “no questions asked.”
Here are some insights into the finances of Parking Ticket Land.
In G-d we trust, but show me the data
-I find it baffling that the number of parking ticket hearings conducted by the Evil Empire dropped 13.9%. Is it because warriors and cops are writing fewer unjust or defective parking tickets? I don’t think so. My guess is that fewer members of the driving public are willing to devote their time to fight parking tickets. Why would you pay a parking ticket, “no questions asked?” I don’t get it
-The tiny percentage of appeals that are reversed is scary. Is it because the original judge’s are issuing mostly fair, well-reasoned decisions? Or, is it because the appeal panels are rubber-stamping erroneous decisions? I don’t know the answer because appeal panel decisions simply say, “Reversed or Affirmed.” Where’s the beef? I want to know the why’s and wherefore’s.
-There was a small up click in the percentage of appeals that were reversed. That’s one small step for the driving public…but, I’ll take it.
-Contrary to conventional wisdom, I find the vast majority of parking ticket judges do the right thing. They issue just decisions. It may be frustrating to get a bad decision from time-to-time with contorted reasoning issued by a rogue judge. But, those decisions are few and far between.
Park safely and fight when you’re right.
- 2016 Mayor’s Management Report (Preliminary)
- NYC Mayor’s Office of Operations (MMR excerpt)
- NYC Open Data (parking tickets)
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